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Festivals

Tyalgum Diggers Sports

The Tyalgum Diggers Sports charity event has been run in one form or another since 1908 and helps raise funds for local community organisations and projects. First known as Empire Day Sports, horse events, bullock riding and wood chopping were mainstay events. The sports day organisation was taken over by the Tyalgum Diggers in 1926, raising money for the Distressed Diggers Fund, Red Cross and Murwillumbah Hospital. In 1965 it became known as the Tyalgum Diggers & District Sports Day.

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Held annually in July, the day is full of events and activities that appeal to families and people of all ages. It provides a glimpse to the past and a valuable opportunity for people to come together and enjoy the friendly, family atmosphere. A full program includes rodeo, horse gymkhana, foot races, tug-of-war, displays, children’s activities, live music, fireworks and fun for everyone. The Diggers Sports are now 100 years old and  a great  continuing community tradition.

                                    

Tyalgum Music Festival

Held annually in September, the Tyalgum Festival of Classical Music began in 1991 after concert violinists Carmel Kaine and John Willison realised their dream of bringing classical music to the valley. They fell under the 1908 Hall’s acoustic spell and since then numerous international artists have ranked the Hall alongside some of the best concert venues in the world. The Hall’s roof, in combination with the floors and beams, cut from local teak and tallowwood, make the Hall a musical instrument in itself. After his initial performance at the Tyalgum Hall in 1996, pianist Roger Woodward described it as “a classic Federation hall in perfect acoustic condition” and the annual Festival as “a gem”.
Recognised as one of the Tweed Shire’s premier events, the Festival is unrivalled in its approach to providing audiences with world-class performances by virtuoso musicians. Visit  www.tyalgumfestival.com.au

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